So yeah, I really like this pattern... It fits well, it is flattering, it is comfortable to wear, and it is so easy to sew.
For this version I used Liberty Tana Lawn in a small scale floral print. Typically I like a larger and more graphic pattern, but in this case I made an exception because this fabric is so lovely. Unsurprisingly, it sews up like a dream and is perfectly suited to this pattern.
So here is that delightfully easy process in pictures...
Step 1: Interfacing - for this pattern you need to interface the midriff sections, collar, and front band.
Then you skip to step 14 and gather along the lower edge of the bodice before moving to step 18.
Steps 18 - 22:
These steps have you attach the interface front band to the bodice front, sew on band facing, flip to the correct side, press, and tack down. To add some extra detail and finish, I decided to top stitch the front band.
Pastels 23 - 24: back darts and attach the front and back bodice.
Step 29 - 30: Then I added the collar, and again I top-stitched to finish. To clarify, the top-stitching is largely because I am too lazy to do any hand stitching.
Then we skip to step 36 - 39 and add and finish the sleeves.
Step 40 - 45: Then I attached the midriff band... At this point I did not follow the directions as written, but rather sewed on both the band and facing with one seam.
Step 50 - 52: Next I completed the pleats on the skirt, sewed up the non-zipper side of the skirt, and attached the skirt to the midriff band.
Now we break for a cat... (cue elevator music)
As an aside, I also top-stitched the midriff band.
Step 50 - 59: Zipper and Finishing - I finished the dress by sewing in a 12 - 14" invisible zipper and completing the side seam. I then sewed in three buttonholes, attached the buttons, and hemmed the dress.
Given the light weight of the fabric I did add a small strip of fusible interfacing along the edge where I ultimately installed the zipper. This both adds stability and heft which makes the zipper easier to sew in, and it adds some strength to the part of the dress that will likely get the most wear and strain.
Initially I planned on using small red shank buttons, but once the dress was complete it seemed too childish and cartoony. So I busted out the button box and instead went with a burnished gold plain button.
The final step? Wear your new dress, look adorable, and be photo bombed by your feline assistant!
And yes, I posed with my bike. It lives in my living room so I may as we'll adopt it as an accessory... Also I am really looking forward to riding in this dress!